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August 31st, 2010
05:00 PM ET

How concerned should Dems be about losing the House?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When it comes to November's midterm elections, the writing on the wall is not looking good for Democrats.

A new Gallup poll shows Republicans with an unprecedented 10-point lead over Democrats - 51 percent to 41 percent - on the generic ballot question. That's the Republicans' largest lead in the 68 years Gallup has taken the generic ballot poll.

Then there's this: Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats - 50 percent to 25 percent - to say they're "very" enthusiastic about voting.

Gallup suggests all this could mean a major "wave" election - where Republicans win enough seats to take back control of the House. To do that, they would need to win 39 seats.

Some think it could be even worse for the Democrats. A political science professor at the State University of New York - who has a good record of predicting presidential elections - says the Democrats could lose about 51 seats in November.

Even a growing number of Democrats now say in private they think the House is already lost. As one Democratic strategist tells Politico - the Democrats are out there talking about Iraq and President Bush, while Americans are worried about the economy and their jobs.

Some Democrats are also frustrated that the White House has been focusing on the wars and issues like the mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero... instead of the economy.

But other Democrats - including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - insist they'll hold onto their majority. Gallup points out that Democrats did lead in the generic ballot earlier this summer; and there's always the chance that could change again before Election Day.

Here’s my question to you: How concerned should the Democrats be about losing the House in November?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.


Filed under: 2010 Election • Democrats • Elections
soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    They should be......but I think they are engrossed with themselves, they are in self-denial of the truth.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  2. Craig C

    They deserve to lose the House (and the Senate) in November! What they need to be concerned about is their inability to listen to the American people. They'll have a chance if Reid and Pelosi lose their power!

    Craig C
    Port Saint Lucie, FL

    August 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  3. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    No. People are complaining that the Republicans blocked effective job creation legislation. The obvious answer to that isn't to increase Republican numbers. The only politicians more unpopular than Democrats are the Republicans. Democrats will hold the house.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  4. Conor in Chicago

    They should. But only because the average American can't think its way out of a paper bag, doesn't even know how to spell propaganda much less understand what it is, and seems to have forgotten that every issue the Reps are making a big deal about we just fine to them on the day before Obama became President. It's disgusting.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  5. Debbie high

    I just saw your link about the secret meetings and broken campaign promises President Obama made. Thank you for speaking up! I agree with you 100%.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  6. Sandra in Temecula, Ca

    No, but we the voters should be concerned if the Democrats are not removed from 100% control. Time to restore some sanity to Washington and stop this out of control spending spree. They didn't listen to us and now it is our time to be heard, loud and clear.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  7. Bob Fleming

    Not only should the Democrats be concerned about their losing the housei inn November, everyone in the coountry should be concerned about such a loss, especially senior citizens on social security and medicare.

    You need look no further than the proclamations of Republican Senatorial candidates Ms Angle of Nevada and Rand Paul of Kentucky in order to reach this conclusion.

    Bob
    Louisville, Ky

    August 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  8. Jack, Niceville, FL

    If they don't lose the House, I'm moving to Canada!!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  9. Mike from Chicago

    Jack,

    Not as long as they stick to their core principles and continue to pass the legislation that they think the majority of American people want. The Republicans can only say no and have no ideas of their own. Just look at the crowd size over the weekend, Sharpton clearly had alot more attendance than Beck, I saw it on the evening news.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  10. Rev. Doc

    It's already lost. So, why worry. Their spend and tax rampage has taken the tax payers to the limit. Their Stiumulus package that has failed put the lid on the coffin. The pork loaded bills that are voted on by them, without being read, drove the nail into their coffin. Their ignoring the voice of the people, totally backed by an Administration that has a deaf ear, has placed the coffin in the ground. A President who likes flying here and there and everywhere campaigning bills that have been passed while ignoring the economy and jobs issues, has filled the hole. He's already putting the headstone in place for the house and Nancy. I applaud that accomplishment.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  11. Chris

    The question is really "Why are they not concerned?". Their actions to date are in direct contradiction to their constituents concerns, but then again they know what is best for the people.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  12. Annie D.

    We should all be concerned about Democrats losing the House. Republicans have already indicated they are chomping at the bit to investigate everything from the brand of marmalade Obama uses on his toast to the amount of detergent used on the First Family's linens. If you think nothing gets done now, just wait. It will get a whole lot worse if Republicans win the House.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  13. southerncousin

    Definitely. I did not think that it would happen three months ago, but now the damages done to this country by the Democrats and their president are starting to show, big time. And by the time November rolls around the majority of voters will have received their health care insurance renewals and see that when Obama said it would not cost "one dime more" he was lying as much as when he proclaimed this was the "summer of prosperity." Why do all of these leftist regimes uses stupid slogans to sell their destructive programs?

    August 31, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  14. southerncousin

    Long, long overdue. It is time for the church to recreate and reformulate itself.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  15. Kevin in Dallas

    They should be very concerned. Since the last election, unemployment is up, the deficit is way up, and the stock market is up. Those results seem very Republican to me. We've got a bad batch of Democrats, and it's time to vote them out.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  16. Mike in St. Paul

    It is not IF they lose it we should be concerned about, it's HOW. If they lose, they lose...that's democracy. If they lose because of Republican mass hysteria – Obama is after my guns (no, he's not); Obama raised my taxes (no, he lowered them), the debt is $13 trillion (it was $12 trillion under Bush, why is 13 the magic number?). If the Dems lose in November because of policy, that's that. If they lose because the Tea Party, FOX News and right wing radio's propaganda, we have a lot bigger problems on our hands than the House.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  17. Rik

    I do believe this is all moot to a small degree, only thing we americans should honestly think about in this situation is will the people replacing these seats have fresh ideas that want to help the country instead of their own sad attempts at keeping everything the same so they can reap the benefits instead of actually helping their fellow americans . Fear of change and actually having to do their job is the only thing they should be concerned with I think we should throw out all the old faces on capitol hill and start fresh. Every time something good comes out in Washington the old hats put their hands in the pot and mess it up while the fresh unknown faces are working hard to actually help the country the incumbents and people who practically spend their lives working the hill bring us down..as your book says now or never save the dream.....fire the old hats and let us have our country back

    August 31, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  18. Bill

    They think they are above our wishes and directions. They are supposed to "represent" us, not themselves. Many of us think we should literally start all over, which isn't a bad idea. Incumbent Democrats are realling going to hurt, because of their democratic President that continues to apologize, and go against the wishes of the electorate.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  19. Keith

    Jack...I think the whole contry should be concerned about the Dems losing the house. For eight years the Repubs gave our country away to the rich and powerful corporations both here and abroad. Now they use rhetoric and sound bites to divide us once again so they can regain power and give away the rest of our country. Have we not learned our lesson? I have not heard one Republican solution that doesn't involve tax breaks for the rich hoping that it will trickle down to the rest of us. When will we learn that we have more in common with each other than we do with the power grabbers and the rich one percent of this country?

    August 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  20. lou

    They probably will lose a lot of seats, but not because the country is going down the tubes like the tea baggers would want you to believe. Historically, democrats are the party of liberals and hippies. And they just don't always turn out to vote. Republicans of today are angry old white people who you can always count on at the polls.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  21. Joe R - Houston

    In my dreams all the incumbents lose to their independent and libertarian challengers whether they worry about it or not.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  22. Dick B

    Not at all. Those who lose elections will get big pay raises as lobbyists. Those in the White House will be able to blame the House for every problem in the country. The faceless Demos who run the show from the backroom will now have a chance to count all the money they received over the last two years and the common folk democrats will be too busy finding food to be concerned.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  23. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Jack, any incumbent should be sweating. Dem's probably a little more. I say this because we've spent a lot and have gained little (except for Wall Street & Bankers) on turning the economy. Government has become huge and incomes small. Housing has tanked, the plan to turn that around was a laugh. Zero confidence in the current administration, and Dem's distancing themselves from the Big "O".

    August 31, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  24. Paul Round Rock Texas

    Concerned yes but worried no. Maybe that is what it will take for both sides to work together or do I just have wishful thinking. It would take an invasion from outerspace for any real change to happen in Washington.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  25. Ed

    If the economy doesn't get better they should be as concerned as anyone about losing the house.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  26. Lou Averitt

    They aren't doing anything now. Why worry about a sure thing.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  27. Johnny C (Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    Of course they are concerned!

    Wouldn't you be as well given the level of satisfaction that the republic feels for them. It also does not help that the Democrats in the Congressional Black Caucus continue to be at the forefront of all of the latest ethical charges. This is compounded by the fact that all of these ethics charged black leaders either claim ignorance or no-fault in the claims against them.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  28. AzRose

    You bet the Dems should be concerned about losing the House in November. They have only themselves to blame, they had the majority for several years now and all they have done is pass unfavorable bills whether the people liked them or not. Their closed door meetings will come back to haunt them. Voters were called astro-turf and un-american by top Dems, we won't forget that either. I would pay big bucks to watch Nancy Pelosi hand over her gavel, she has worn out her welcome.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  29. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    They shouldn't be concerned at all. No one can deny the fact that there is an overabundance of ignorant, stupid people in America, but no matter how low the I.Q., some in that group have a bit of common sense. All sensible people will ask themselves if they want progress & improvements to continue, (so many wonderful changes have already been made, in spite of the lies, conspiricy theories, & stupidity of those WRONG-WINGERS), or to go back to the MediEVIL times, maybe the Dark Ages. Since President Obama has been in the White House, we (middle & lower classes), have had our taxes cut, will soon have NO WORRIES about losing our houses, & everything we own, just because we are in an accident, or get sick. Our children will automatically receive health care, even if they need cancer treatments!!! Thanks to our courageous, compassionate President, it doesn't matter if they have pre-existing conditions, birth defects, or anything else, they will receive the same kind of health care enjoyed by John Boehner.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  30. Cal

    VERY, VERY, CONCERNED and for good reason! All they do is boo-hoo about the Republicans and they are just as bad, if not worse!!!!!!
    Throw all the 'bums' out and let's start over! Cal from Newark,Ohio

    Best Regards, Jack!

    August 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  31. Barker

    It doesn't really matter. The Republicans have successfully blocked most of the bad laws in the Senate even with a minority in the House and Senate.

    So no matter how it turns out, they'll keep blocking bad laws.

    And Obama will probably veto any good laws to cut taxes and get rid of regulations, so getting those through won't be any more likely after November than they are before November.

    Nothing will really change in practice.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  32. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I only wish that all of the people in Congress were more concerned about real jobs for Americans than taking control of the House or Senate. If they were doing what the American people wanted instead of running around blaming the other party then we'd all be much better off and they'd get re-elected.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  33. barbara in NC

    Yep – if folks think "nothing has been done" in almost 2 years, wait 'til the republicans are in charge. They will spend 2 years undoing it. (HOW CAN YOU UNDO NOTHING?)

    August 31, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  34. andy Lynn, MA

    If I were a Democratic member of Congress I would be updating my resume. Never have so many done so little, for so long with so little accomplishment. Must be fun being an outgoing Democrat. Never has any speaker of the house had such a large majority and accomplished so little. With this mind set the Democratic House of Representatives have done a mere modicum of what they could have accoomplished. I'm a proud Massachusetts Democrat and what I've seen accomplished by Princess Nancy and her horde makes me want to be a Lou Dobbs Independent. Speaker Pelosi, I will remember in November.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Yes Jack, they should be concerned but don't worry about it too much as they're going to lose control and the sooner the better. I really want to vote all of them out and start fresh but I only get one vote and it won't be for any person currently serving in Congress or any other office.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  36. Carolyn/Pa

    They should be very concerned about the November elections. There have been several bills passed in this congress without the majority of the peoples backing.

    Any politician who no longer thinks he needs to get the peoples input from his district and doesn't vote accordingly to their constituents concerns, have chosen not to listen to the people.

    They are not sent to Washington to vote according to their party chairman's directives. We need to replace these Democrats or any politician who will not listen to the people back home.

    August 31, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  37. likari

    If they don't start acting like Democrats, they deserve to.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  38. Erin Knight

    The real question is: How concerned should the GOP be since the teabaggers are helping their party implode even further?

    August 31, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  39. Loren

    Very. How concerned should the American public be? Not at all. In fact, they should be doing everything they can to cause it. Anyone with any sense knows that having a balance between the parties forces political compromise and that is usually better for the country.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  40. Blake on Long Island

    Jack,

    As a true Independent, It appears as though the media is trying to will the Repubs back into control...all this talk about the dems losing control...it's like a bad song you hear so often that you begin to like it.....

    Just as The Repubs regaining control is a bad idea that you guys keeping talking about them regaining power so much that it no longer sounds a like a bad idea....and I think it would be a horrible idea because I havent heard any ideas from them only sound bites. So should dems worry Yes...but not because the Repubs would do any better, rather the media keeps hyping their loss of control so much that it may actually end up happening....

    August 31, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  41. E.J. Mohammed

    Jack,
    I don't think Dems should worry about the possibility of losing the house in November unless the party grows a spine. Since the day Obama took office the Republicans have done everything in their power to obstruct any bills or legislation the President has proposed. They are stubborn good old boys who don't give a darn about the average middle class person in America. For whatever reason they keep their fear-mongering agenda and have nothing of substance to offer in return.
    People it didn't work for eight years under Bush the wealthy stayed in their glass houses atop Capital hill while the average American lived in fear perpetuated by the cronies in government
    I think the Dems need to grow more of a spine and stick their necks out for our Presidents. Otherwise we might have to listen to more of this drivel from leaders like Boehner and Beck (God help us all)!!
    Good luck come November
    E.J. in Tacoma

    August 31, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  42. bob z fr ,pa.

    i am 72 been a dem all my life this yr. i switched they are trying to destroy our country

    August 31, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  43. Cal in Denver, CO

    Jack,

    Very concerned. They missed their window of opportunity the last couple of years to get things done. Of course they had no help what so ever from the "Party of No". Of course Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and other wingnuts haven't helped either. So back we go to politics as usual in November.

    Cal

    August 31, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  44. Carl

    Jack,

    Yes the losers should be concerned. Then again, most politicians are losers, don't you agree Jack? Election day for me just means, old garbage out and new and improved garbage in, we can't win.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  45. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think it really would not have mattered which party won the last election they would be in trouble when midterm elections came around. With the economy on life support at the end of the last election it would take more than two years to show any sign of recovery. What the democrat should be concerned with is their lack of unity when in power. You can bet if the republicans take power they will not have to persuade the democrats to join them in getting a bill passed. Tea party members will make sure there is no conversing with the enemy. The house will remain divided more than ever before. And America will continue to suffer because of it.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  46. Jim S

    I'm somewhat concerned Jack. Even though I've been somewhat disappointed with Obama's guts and aggressiveness in dealing with the Republicans, I hate to think what would happen should they regain power. We've made some strides in controlling run-away health care costs and controlling the greed on Wall Street and It's obvious that the Republicans would go back to the old practices that led to this disaster we find ourselves in. I wish the democrats would gain an even greater number in the house and carry the battle to the Republicans and complete their progressive agenda while they can. The Republicans don't seem to have any new answers for anything and only know how to say no.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  47. Steve, Clifton, VA

    The notion that either the Democrats or any one party should be concerned about losing or gaining control of the House or the Senate is exactly what's wrong with Washington and American politics. Our country needs to return to generating solutions, legislature and policies that will have national benefits for the country as a whole. It shouldn't matter from where the solutions or policies originated. The baseline of the focus should always be centered around the common comprehensive good and benefit of this great country and it's citizens.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  48. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    They shouldn't be too much concern. As long as Obama make his ministerial type speeches, and gather around him his believers they will have a chance to control the House in 2012. I give that man at least some credit. He can make speeches, and show up in public on vacation.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  49. francap

    No, not unless you think people want to go back to the Bush/Cheney days.

    Would we want some of the craziest people that we have ever seen run for office actually get elected?

    Do we want them to end social security, medicare, health care reform, regulation of banks and the oil industry? Do we want to end a woman's right to choose? How about a religious test? Evangelicals only need apply.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  50. Lola

    Not at all. The NOvember team or the Party of NO hasn't earned their money at all in the last 18 months, why should I vote for them? They haven't given me healthcare, nor my State additional funds to keep my teachers, policemen and fireman working. I mean cut taxes mean that my "trash" won't be picked up, unless you are going out to do that for me Jack? I voted straight Democratic ticket in the General Primary in my State and will CONTINUE to do so in November! Also I'm one of those NOT being polled by the mainstream and there alot of us lurking beneath surface. Watch out for some surprise in November!

    August 31, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  51. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jack Cafferty and CNN friends,

    The Democrats should be VERRY Concerned,
    because After ALL the Iraq WAR BLOOD SPILL and
    Iraq WAR TAX MONEY SPILL,
    We Still Need to be ONE under GOD!

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul

    August 31, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  52. Dennis from Minneapolis, MN

    Very, and we should be terrified of the inevitable alternative.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  53. Ralph Ratto

    It's not the Democrats that should be concerned, we all should be concerned. If the Democrats lose the house we all in trouble. Last thing we need is a return to 2001-2008 years. Not the restore America the middle class needs. Heaven forbid!

    August 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  54. Steve Stout from Concord, CA

    Only very concerned, Jack! If the way things keep going, losing the house will be the least of their problems. If things in November are any indication of what the next few years will be like, Democrats will definitely have a lot to worry about the next few months and years. If I was the Democratic Party, I'd hurry and fulfill many of the promises that got me into office in the first place in order to keep me and my party in office.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  55. james

    very confusing question to answer. on one hand they could win and try to push forward policies to get this country back in gear. then on the other hand society is pretty stupid and the republicans could win and do nothing like they are now. personally if the republicans win they should get use to hearing the word......VETO!

    August 31, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  56. Joan

    Coming from generations of Democrats, we want and think the house will turn over by 60 seats – and we can't wait for that to happen as we have a "questionable" bunch in theWhitehouse and in Congress at this point in time. It's shocking what we have seen and heard come from this so callled President.
    Joan
    Mn

    August 31, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  57. chris

    very concerned they should be withthe damage they have done the last 2 to 4 years since they gained the house and the senate the only open door is to them to repeal the obamacare and get rid of capand trade bill and keep the bush tax cuts for the middle class and prmise under oath they will not bring any of these bills backa nd cut spending including wastefukl spending cut their paya nd benefits and the pork spending they migth have a chance

    August 31, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  58. Joe CE

    Well they have made limited progress with he present majority wich is likely to be teruced or eliminated (less pased in the Senate). The bright side for DEms is that the GOP will have a small majority at best but will then have responsibility making it more likely that Dem will win in 2012/ The next 2 years almost sure to produce less than the past 2.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  59. Mario (Phoenix, AZ)

    Jack...The question should be, "How concerned should the country be about the Republican Tea Party winning the House in November?

    August 31, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  60. Jack Jetson

    In Obama's book he states "I searched out the Marxists Professors", he also was a part of a Liberation Church (Marixism disguised as religion)....my god it that ever showing in policies.
    45-60 Seats lost to those "redistribution of wealth" bogos leaders who we don't recognize as Americans.
    Jack J
    Wi

    August 31, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  61. Audrey Fryer

    No worries!

    August 31, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  62. Becki

    Democrats should be very concerned. They have done nothing to benefit the people they represent. They have gone against the people on every bill. All the politician wants is power and with that comes greed. I believe that term limits is the way to go from now on. I am voting Republican! We need to reclaim America.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  63. ken, nj

    I don't think the dems are concerned about losing the house. Even though the dems have done nothing for their base it appears that almost all incumbents will be re-elected to do noting again. The working class voters are being bought off with unemployment benefits, medicaid, and teacher bailouts. The banks are still getting 0% loans from the fed, wall street is still gambling in the derivatives market and getting billions in bonuses, the millionaire hedge fund managers are still paying a 15% tax rate , exxon/mobil paid 0% taxes in 2009, businesses are getting tax breaks and stimulus money and main street still has 10% unemployment, home forclosures, higher credit card interest rates, higher health insurance premiums, and more debt. It appears that the voters are the problem not the politicians.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  64. Greg Who? Mechanicsburg, PA

    They should be scared as hell, Jack. The Democrats have not shown a bit of backbone in tackling the most difficult issues. They, along with Senate Democrats, caved in to Republican/conservative obstructionists regarding health care reform until it resembles a recruitment ad for the insurance industry. They are practically silent in addressing the accusations that it is their fault that the economy is in the shambles it is instead of sticking the blame firmly with these obstructionists, right where blame belongs. Forget about George Bush, it's these obstructionists that are hindering growth. And Democrats are on the wrong side of the illegal immigration issue. If Democrats don't get off their behinds and set the record straight about the economy and job creation, Republicans will not just win the House, but will gain veto power in the Senate.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  65. Guy - Texas

    I don't think it's just the Democrats that need to be worried, it is any incumbant that proved especially through the passage of the Healthcare Bill that Washington does not care what the people think. The rhetoric battle continues as do the 'pork projects'.

    The Republicans had the ideal format to publish 'their plan' and keep it down to a few pages, yet all we ever heard was that they had a plan and they had proposed their plan to the Democrats. If they had a plan for true Healthcare Reform it probably would have gone viral, now we are stuck with a plan that even the CBO has scored to cost 10%+ original scoring. I guess they had to wait after the vote to finish reading 2400+ pages!

    Most of us Americans wish we had a vote in Nevada this year and again in California in a couple of years. :<(

    Guy – Texas

    August 31, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  66. Thom Richer

    Like it would make a bit of difference. We may no longer have "Separation of Church and State." but we sure as hell have "Separation of Congress.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    August 31, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  67. John from San Antonio

    The Democrats should be very concerned. It won't affect Americans though, it just means a continuation of the same policies we have been following for thirty years. We like to change parties but we don't like to change policies.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  68. Jon- Delhi, NY

    Jack you have it all wrong. Your question should be: How concerned should the American public be?

    August 31, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  69. Larry from Maryland

    Yes the Dems should be concerned. Very little activity of accomplishments over the past 18 months. Also, the end of combat in Iraq. How can that be with 52k troops still there. Sounds like Viet Nam so many years ago. And Like Viet Nam, what do we have to show for it? A Trophy, A Plaque of accomplishment. "Nothing!"

    Thank you, A former Marine door gunner in Viet Nam, 66-67. thank you.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  70. Jane (Minnesota)

    I'm more concerned for us everyday Americans (those not in the top 2% of earnings) if the Republicans come back in into power. This is the party that looked the other way and rewarded corporations for outsourcing American jobs and now that the tax revenue is gone with those jobs is all of a sudden "concerned" abut running up the deficit. The Republican party gets and F Grade from me on economic understanding.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  71. Geri

    I think one of the reasons why Democrats may lose the House is the antipathy everyone feels towards Nancy Pelosi. Another reason is the way the democrats pushed through healthcare against the public's opposition. The reason the president talks about the wars is because they are important subjects and the president and his staff, along with all the other so-called economic experts-both democrat & republican, don't really know what to do about the economy. When the manufacturing base is gone there is little room to put people back to work and even less room for innovation. Both the democrats and republicans have had a big hand in this over the past 35 years so hopefully the voters will be smart enough this year to throw all of the incumbants out in both parties. What we really need is new blood, new and different ideas, and most of all, a new more postive perspective. One can't expect things to get better when one believes things are going to get worse rather than better.

    Geri, Mead, OK

    August 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  72. Rich McKinney, Texas

    The democrats should be very concerned because if the congress becomes controlled by the republicans then anything else Obama wants to do during the rest of his term is not going to happen unless the republicans agree with it. Right now the democrats can do what ever they want to do. This will bring some checks and balance back into our government. Of course the republicans will remember how when the democrats took control of congress they basically tied Bushes hands to set their candidate up for the next presidency. A lame president is a useless president and makes good fodder for blame even when over half the blame should have fallen on the democrats since they controlled the congress for the last 4 years and did nothing about the economy..

    August 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  73. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Nobody ever lost money by underestimating the stupidity of the American voter. Nevertheless, I believe that American voters are at least equally frustrated and angry with republican candidates as they are with democrats. The frustration doesn't just come from TEA party activists, but also from progressives that say that the democrat congress has not been aggressive enough in pursuing left wing agendas. But, I think in the end, democrats will take off their birkenstcks and put on their marching boots. They will take the offense, take the moral high ground, shout their accomplishments, and challenge the vacuous policies of the right...if they want to win.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  74. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, the dems will lose some seats, that's a given in an off year election after a party switch in the White House. The key to this election will be how the voters react when they have to chose between a democrat and a republican who has had to move farther to the right to win his or her primary. We've already seen Sharon Angle sue the Reid campaign to stop him from reminding voters of her extreme views and Rand Paul has done some back-tracking himself. It might not be pretty for the democrats, but it may not be as bad as some people think.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  75. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    Concerned enough to run strong campaigns and take nothing for granted. The stakes are too high! The economy is growing very slowly, but it IS growing, so I hope the voters have some patience with the party which is actually trying to help the economy recover.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  76. Victor G. Hughes

    Wrong question Jack !!!
    'How CONCERNED should Americans be about the Republicans gaining back control of the HOUSE – you know, the ones who got YOU into this mess in the first place and are the party of 'NO' [save for wealthy Yanks that is ] !!!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  77. Dennis north Carolina

    My concern is that my fellow country women and men would give the republicans the power to run congress in both houses. they would ruin the progress of the country. remember that the republicans is the party that put us in the condition that our economy is in plus two wars that is draining our treasury and killing our troops. we need one party to have full control of both houses and the white house to get any work done. then if you are not happy with the results in four years, replace that party with the other party.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  78. Don (NH)

    It's not a question about how concerned the Democrates should be about losing the House in November, it's how concerned should Americans be. The outcry from the Tea Party and the Right Wing political pundants favoring States Rights over Federalism is reminiscent of one of the most horrific and expensive wars ever fought, the Civil War. My ancestors fought in that war to protect the Union and eliminate slavery. If the Democrates lose control of the House we might as well call ourselves the Confederate States of America, cause that's where we're headed.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  79. Phil in Port St Lucie, Florida

    Democrats and our Citizens should be very concerned. The Republican Party has demonstrated repeatedly that they represent "Big Money" ONLY.
    Conservatives don't support "Big Money", they want to support less government and spending.
    It's time that all politicians begin supporting the Citizens of the United States and any that don't, should be in prison for at least 20 years!

    August 31, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  80. Chandler in Rockaway, NJ

    Jack,
    Democrats should be terrified at the prospect of the Republicans taking over the House. All of us should be terrified. The Republicans will go from merely blocking everything to an orgy of Whitewater-style endless investigations into everything Obama and the Democrats have ever done. If you think government is dysfunctional now, wait until you see it with a Republican in the Speaker's chair.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  81. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    The Democrats have proven to the American people that they are capable of change. They can take dollars out of your pocket and leave change. To be worried they would have to be capable of understanding exactly what they have done and the impact on the average American. But ignorance is bliss. so they will all go on wearing the classic Pelosi smile and feel as if they still have total control. Their theme seems to be, "What me Worry?"

    August 31, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  82. Nancy

    Very, I believe the Democrats will more than likely lose the House in November. However, the Democrats loss may be the Democrats gain in the long run. Right now, because the Democrats have complete control over everything, they are the scapegoats (and rightfully so, in many cases) for all of the problems that remain unsolved. The majority of Americans are fickle and have short memories. They think that by returning at least partial power to the Republicans, it is the "new" answer to everything. But, by returning the Republicans to power in at least one chamber of the Congress, it will then highlight the Republicans inability to solve problems, as well. As a result, the Democrats may very well find themselves on the winning end of the stick in 2012, if the American people decide by then that they would much prefer keeping a Democratic president in power rather than try a Republican one.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  83. katiec Pekin, IL

    I am not concerned, Jack, as more and more Americans are realizing what the republicans are and have done to our country.
    When you have a political party that have only propaganda, lies to tout because of their destructive behavior, a party who puts win at any cost and stoop to any level over the welfare of us and our country, a party who has abandoned middle class, less fortunate, unemployed, senior citizens in favor of Wall St, the rich, etc than you have a party the American people will be intelligent enough to not want to control our country again.
    We saw what the last eight years has done to our country and no one in their right mind wants to return to that.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  84. Joe - Utah

    It's too late to worry about November 2010. The damage has already been done and can't be fixed. Obama, Harry, and Nancy have pretty sealed the Democratic's fate regarding that. If the Democratics could get rid of Obama (resignation or impeachment) before 2012 they might have a chance of saving control in the Senate, but that not looking too good either. Do you here that noise? It's the sound of seer panic.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  85. Jeremy

    God, I hope the Democrates don't lose the house. That's all this country needs is Boehner as Speaker and the GOP House striking down all the president's legislation. If the Republicans had it their way they would lead this country back to the Busch era and never end the wars in the middle east, and say goodbye to moral immigration reform and the reurn of a Wall Street with no regulation.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  86. Tony from Southport, NC

    They should be afraid.... be very afraid.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  87. john in santa maria

    The Independents are the key. Democrats are not going to jump the fence and vote RED. Right now the Independents are enjoying a fun fling with the Tea Party. Obama needs to get out on the road and campaign for his party. He has great issues, the troops out of Iraq, the health bill, and now focusing on jobs and the economy, just at the right time.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  88. Peter

    Just another reason to have a viable 3rd party, but that won't happen until the GOP changes from the party of 'NO' to the party of "MAYBE'.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  89. Mary

    Very,very, very concerned! an Independent in CA

    August 31, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  90. James in NC

    Jack, the House Democrats have not been listening to the voters so it should not be a big surprise that the voters are not listening to them. Seems like a fair turnaround to me.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  91. Annie, Atlanta

    I don’t know. Wait until people wake up and realize the Republicans (who are on the public dole) want to take away or privatize Social Security and Medicare, or raid Social Security to pay for their ill begotten wars. That could be a game changer.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  92. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    Should Democrats be concerned? Everyone should be concerned. Turning the government over to people who believe that big Corporations and large Financial Institutions will solve our problems if left alone. Who believe there is no role for government during a financial crisis. Who have absolutely no plan for going forward that is not a sound bite. Who want to veto regulations, extend tax policy that allows the super rich to get richer and to fire as many federal employees as possible to help the unemployed.

    We may not have much faith in the policies of the Democrat’s policies, but turning to the Republicans is like turning to Herbert Hoover after the Great Depression.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  93. Anthony from NJ

    Well, won't that just help jump-start the economy when the party of no and do-nothing, paralyzes Obama's every initiative?
    Everyone's angry but know not why. The GOP is taking this aimless rage and using it to their advantage because their whole message is survival.
    I'm afraid ,on a November evening, the GOP will be popping champagne bottles and their wacky friends will be imbibing tea. Careful what you wish for, you just may get it.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  94. Meg from Troy

    Jack–
    I'd say you could answer this question better than I since most of your questions in the last few months have been slanted toward presenting the Republicans in a much more positive light than the Democrats. So, I'd say that the media is looking for, and in fact counting on a Conservative landslide this November. I am very concerned that Republicans who want to take this country back 50 years socially and economically will be in charge of doing nothing if they retake the House. I'm a Dem–and I plan to get out and vote–and my vote will not be to go back in time.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  95. MIke in TX

    The Presidential campaign never ends Jack. If we look back we'll see the party out of control doing all they can to block things for two years to make the other side look bad then when they get voted in actually have to do something to promote the next election. In today's world of messed up campaign efforts it won't matter much if they do lose as either way the negative, viral campaign that we have never had is on full bore. If the Republicans can get a full one fifth of the population to believe that Pres. Obama is not an American and is a Muslim the chances of anything legitimate coming out of these elections, regardless of the outcome, are slim at the very best.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  96. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Very. Although I have heard that sometimes our government functions better when both Chambers of Congress are not controlled by the same party.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  97. honest John in Vermont

    Concerned? Of course they should be concerned because the Democrats have done so little of substance in the last nearly 2 years. Granted they did inherit a mess created by Bush and his Republican cronies, but the Democrats have made very litle progress in improving things since then and people get impatient. They get scared. The scary thing is that we will probably diss the Democrats and elect the Republicans who created the very mess we are in now. Then we will have an even bigger mess.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  98. Janice from NJ

    I think the Dems should be very concerned about losing either House. I am sick and tired of hearing that this is a normal trend happening in a midterm election of a President's first term. And yes, President Clinton did pull it off and eventually make his administration successful when it came to the budget etc. If the Dems roll over and play dead, our economy will be in the dumb for 10 more years......except for the rich that is. Dems need a daily B-12 shot to get going, get out and get the votes !

    August 31, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  99. earl fey

    good thing I cant wait till we get back to where we were in 2008

    August 31, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  100. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Very concerned Obama could hardly get a bill passed with the majority of the house there's no way he can win a bill with even a slight loss .

    August 31, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  101. Roman

    They should be concerned. But then again so should the republicans. What I see in the republicans is fear. And is that anyway to run a country? By fear? What the republicans forget is that there is a wild card in all this. And that wild card is God. God doesn't like hypocrites or liars. He knows the damage brought on by their lies. Its like Glenn Beck wanting to start a church. I think God is saying "Make My Day" to the republicans.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  102. Don Desaulniers (Belleville, Ontario)

    What does it matter if the Democrats are concerned or not?
    What does really matter is that today's Democrats are far left and the Republicans are extreme right on the political spectrum.
    That means that each time one party wrests control of the House from the other party, then a complete change of philosophy kicks in.
    That kind of bizarre see-saw governance will totally wreck what is left of the American economy.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  103. Overby from Melbourne

    The Dems lost the House and Senate when they started giving our grandkids money away to the Fat Cats and shoved ObamaCare down our throats...it's just that the news isn't being broadcast til the first Tuesday in November.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  104. Mari, Utah

    Hmmmmmmmmm....... polls! Sorry Jack, don't believe the polls anymore since they cannot reach the millions of young voters and others like me, whom have no landline. 10 points, eh? Well, IF America wants to run back to the GOP after the mess they made ........ America deserves them!

    Plus when you consider some of the nut-cases that the GOP have running for Congress like Sharon Angle whose own GOPers said in a "Poll" that they regret having her as their candidate, I think that 10% will disappear!

    Remember once upon a time McCain was going to beat Obama!

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO ...... ideas, solutions, etc.,

    August 31, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  105. Scott Stodden

    I Think The Democrats Should Be Very Concerned About Losing The House In November Because Its An Important Mid-Term Election In November But When It Comes Down To Voting I Believe In The End The Democrats Are Going To Prevail! The Democrats And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Have Done An Amazing Job Leading This Country And Getting Bills Passed Such As Health Care, Financial Reform, The Stimulus Package, Etc.... I Think In The End Democrats Will Prevail Because Who Would Vote For Republicans The Party Of Hatred And Racism? I Wouldn't!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    August 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  106. Ernie Naples Fl

    About as concerned as most other Americans are about losing their's.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  107. ben stockton, calif

    its too early to predict an outcome.case in point; the immigration policy by the gop will bite them in the posterior.also i dont see anything that they have come up with to fix our ills. on the dem side the far left is hindering obama to try to fix america. the american people see the tea party as a bunch of lunatics. if you put your eggs in one basket with beck , palin , they dont stand a chance. the american people are smarter than that. vote independent , give thm a shot at the brass ring and see if they can pull us out of this fiscal dilemna.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  108. Terry from N. Dakota

    As far as I can tell, the Dems may as well start ordering boxes to pack up their offices now. No sense waiting for the rush in November. Book the moving company too as none may be avaliable when they need them the most. Who knows? Maybe the Dems will finally come up with something between now and November that makes it worth keeping them...but I don't believe in miracles.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  109. Lisa From Benbrook, Texas

    "Jack"... when you asked how concerned the Democrats
    should be on the upcoming election you took the word
    out of my mouth ! "VERY"

    August 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  110. Tony

    It won't happen here in Hawaii. We will be dumping one Republican Congressman. As a bonus will be replacing our Republican Governor.

    Aloha
    Tony

    August 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  111. Steve in Oak Creek, WI

    They should be very concerned. Medical science won't have the ability to grown them new spines before November. Jellyfish make for very bad politicians and they won't be any match for the wolves in the GOP.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  112. Syofie

    I don't think they should worry at all. Everyone knows it was Bush and the Republicans who destroyed our country and ran it into the ground all to help their wealthy cronies get wealthier on the backs of the middle class. Obama has done a great job in stopping the bleeding but it will take time. The people aren't that stupid to want to go back into the deep hole that the Republicans put us in.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  113. Leo in CT

    They should be very concerned because the the republicans have been succesful with thier lies and deception.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  114. jamie chase

    A better question would be, "How afraid should Americans be of
    Republicans winning in November?", To which I would answer,
    "Extremely"

    August 31, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  115. Mike S., New Orleans

    If Democrats lose the House, we'll have ruthless partisan quackery, grandstanding, and legislative stalemates. So what's new?

    August 31, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  116. Larry

    Well they should be somewhat concerned. I personally believe we should just shoot ourselves in the head because if the Corprocons take over again it will actually help all Americans because the Corprocons will finish there work of destroying the middle class. And this will in turn relagate the far right wack jobs to the dust bin of history for good.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  117. lynn

    very concerned..... All we can do is hope...

    August 31, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  118. Jim

    Jack,

    The Republican's can try to induce national amnesia and rewrite history all they want. The public knows that every mess the Democrats are currently dealing with was inherited from the Bush administration. It's going to take more than two years to undo eight years of monumental failure, but trying to accelerate progress by putting the party of George W. Bush back into power makes no sense. They had their chance and voters will remember that. The Democrats will hold onto the House and the Senate.

    Jim

    August 31, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  119. Paul

    Jack,
    I don't think it will be as bad as you think for Dems. There are a lot of "quiet" people like myself that will come out in support of Dems. The Repbulican party has moved way too far to the right and when push comes to shove, independent voters with common sense will be willing to give the Dems a little longer to deliver. Bush had eight years, give Obama at least four.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  120. Mark Sartoris

    Lakeland Florida

    Jack, in a word-YouBetcha!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  121. george c paree

    I have been a democratic all my life but sence dean took charge the party has moved to communist thinking .We need to have people who love america as we have been all along once we get back our enocmeny will come back and the will grow .AGAIN obama is a commie and a lier so we cant expect much ..win we see the truth as a people will get good sence again .

    August 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  122. Rick

    I haven't had a job for 8 months Jack and you know what they say: Misery loves company!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  123. Gail, Plano TX

    Jack: If the poll is accurate and the GOP takes the House, then it will be evident that a lot of stupid people are voting. The Republican party almost sunk the ship! And now the citizenry will give the country back to them? Help! The inmates will be running the asylum! We are finished.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  124. Mitchell from California

    Hey Jack,

    Nobody has every polled me. I'm a Democrat and will be out there to vote for Democrats. The Republicans created this disaster–war, sinking economy–and they want to get back in the White House again. No Way Jose! I'm not worried.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  125. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    It's pretty clear that if the democrats loose the majority of the house that Obama will continue to spend millions to promote advertisements in order to pass his bills that no one wants with out a chance of winning a law .

    August 31, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  126. Mary G

    Not only the Democrats, but the whole country needs to be concerned about what will happen if they lose the House and/or Senate this fall. It has only been 18 months since Obama took office, at a time where the Republicans had our economy and country on the brink of a worse depression that the 1930s. Do we really want to turn the finances of this country back to the Republicans? Such short memories people have. If McCain would have been elected we would have been destined to go through many of the hard times with no better recovery, because we were in a disaster situation and extreme debt. No budgeting of expensive items such as war! Open your eyes and don't give the pocketbook back to the Republicans who got us in this mess!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  127. Don

    It is a absolute embarrassment that either party should be thinking about anything but getting this country fixed.
    For the last decade all that the Americans have seen is the constant posturing of the parties, and for no other reason than to be reelected.
    Our efforts in the world are a joke, Iraq has been destroyed by a war
    that we started, Afganistan is without hope, and all we hear is Dems and Republicans spouting off about election.
    Times they need to change.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  128. Greg Who? Mechanicsburg, PA

    They should be scared, Jack. The Democrats have not shown a bit of backbone in tackling the most difficult issues. They, along with Senate Democrats, caved in to Republican/conservative obstructionists regarding health care reform until it resembles a recruitment ad for the insurance industry. They are practically silent in addressing the accusations that it is their fault that the economy is in the shambles it is instead of sticking the blame firmly with these obstructionists, right where blame belongs. Forget about George Bush, it's these obstructionists that are hindering growth. And Democrats are on the wrong side of the illegal immigration issue. If Democrats don't get off their behinds and set the record straight about the economy and job creation, Republicans will not just win the House, but will gain veto power in the Senate.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  129. Susan McDaniel

    From Gig Harbor, Washington

    Obama is doing the best job he can and if we could stop worring about polls and start paying attention to the good things the democrats have accomplished in the last, very difficult, 19 months, they would retain power in both houses. The Republicans have proven that their only goals are to stop progress and regain power. That is not what we need now. The people need to speak out and require our minority party to participate! But since they will probably continue to refuse to do so, we should not give them the power they crave so much.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  130. Barbara, Las Vegas, NV

    The fact is that it's happened before: during the terms of Presidents' Reagan and Clinton. Republicans took BOTH the Senate and the House in mid-terms during Clinton's first term and if my understanding is correct, President Clinton subsequently swept to victory for a very successful second term...I would say not-so-concerned, given that President Obama has a "reach across the aisle" strategy and would work with whatever party occupies the most seats in whichever house...That being said, though, Dems, indeed all fair-minded people, should be very concerned given that the Republicans have made this President's first year and a half in office a veritable partisan free-for-all, holding up everything from health care reform to unemployment benefits for millions of Americans.
    That being the case, I fear that President Obama would have a mighty tough time with the GOP as a majority party in either house of Congress, considering they all are like two-year olds who have only learned one word: NO, and with no good reason other than that they say so.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  131. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I think the Republicans should be more concerned if they win because the blame game will be over. This is an outcome that will be very interesting and could be favorable for Democrats.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  132. Dem not worried

    Let's replay this message "A political science professor at the State University of New York – who has a good record of predicting presidential elections – says the Democrats could lose about 51 seats in November." after November to see if his prediction is close. If so, he should play the lottery.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  133. Donna Branch

    They should be concerned? Who knows.?I've never been asked, nor has anyone that I know. Sometimes I think that their getting the opinions of a small population with the same answers, every time they go out to do a survey. It's funny how things can change on a day to day basis. ..I just don't trust them.

    Donna
    Los Angeles, CA

    August 31, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  134. Caren

    They should be very concerned at this point, but we all know that anything can happen with more than 8 weeks to go before an election. It seems from your polls that Americans have forgotten how we got into these messes – broken economy, two wars, limited investment in education,among them. President Obama needs to present new ideas to the economic crisis, mindful of the deficit and remind people that what took 8 years to build, can't be re-built in only 2. Let's try and keep emotions out of the reporting and remind people of the recent histories they seem ready to forget – like, Bush attacked a sovereign country, like a wild west cowboy giving the "bad guys" 48 hours to "get out of the country" or suffer the consequences. While the booms fell in Iraq, our country needs to remember this ran up the current deficit. If the Democrats can rally behind new ideas for economic stimulus that create jobs and put Americans back to work

    Western Maryland

    August 31, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  135. Carolyn

    Sojourner Truth famous speech "Ain't I a Woman too" and how I can relate to her speech is that "Ain't I an American too". don't my vote count. I am so sick about the poll and what the media has to say about them. It is true that more GOP vote during the mid-term election than younger people and minorities. If the younger voters and minorities would get out and vote this November, we may be able to give the GOP a run for their money. Next time poll me and see how I feel. "Ain't I an american too: my vote counts.i

    August 31, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  136. Bill Winkis

    Do we really want to give control back to the people who put us there in the first place ...
    Corporate American must act like true Americans and pull back all the "Outsourcing" and put Americans back to work..but does Corporate Greed and the quest for Dollar overrule our American workers!!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  137. Jerry Peters

    The Dems should be very concerned. They are in control and they haven't gotten the job done. The Republicans should not get smug however, when they get control they had better do something productive; if not, they will likewise find themselves booted out next time around, I think the public has had their fill of career politicians who do nothing but line their own pockets. I know I have!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  138. jeremy from va beach

    yes Jack they shoud worry dearly about losing the hous and possibly the senate it will be a temporary victory for the gop when President Obama wins re election in 2012 and then the dems possibly take over the house again in 2012.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  139. Judy

    where in the heck are the people like me who appreciate our president, and how hard he is working his heart out for the people of our country? He was handed a mess. It takes time, and support from our representatives. It is time to stand up for the representatives who are trying to find solutions to the big problems. That would not be the party of no. WA state

    August 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  140. patrick Mulqueeney

    Jack, Great report!!! The democrats deserve all they are going to suffer. My wish is that the GOP learns from their past mistakes, returns to their conservative fiscal roots, and gets Americans back to work. It's Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, STUPID!!!!! PMM

    August 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  141. ruben Q

    Since the Republican Party has not done anything to help this country 's current economic situation, the country should be concerned if they become the majority party. 10 years of bad policies and lack of regulations resulted in fraud, over valued homes, two wars (one costing over 700 billion dollars, lack of border security, etc... Yes everyone should be concerned if the Democrats do not get elected.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  142. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Does it really matter?

    American politics for the last couple decades is no more than a dog chasing it's tail no matter who is in power.

    The days of statesmanship have long since passed and has been replaced with contempt and greed.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  143. Norm

    The American people don't like either party. If they throw away one, they are stuck with the other one. So what exactly are we supposed to do now?

    August 31, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  144. Dana P.

    I for one will never understand how Americans can buy into lies and let the people who put us in all the problems we have back in power.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  145. dennis in pa.

    very worried! the end is near for them as americans realize the error of thier ways buy voting for an unqualified senator!{obama} the only way to stop the clown in the white house is to make his agenda unattainable! republicans take back the house and some of the senate! in 2 years the white house!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  146. Mitch Boxx

    I would love a equal balance on both sides & just get some work done. They are dead set on whats good for their party not for the people. Money or should I say oil. Wallstreet, big corp, the rich will always call the shots. Nothing changes but the names. Sick of both parties, just pathetic.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  147. Jeff In Minnesota

    Dear Nancy. Pack it in because the party is over. At least, one can hope.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  148. Guy from Hawaii

    Do you really think there is going to be a difference regardless of the potential of the "change of political balance" in Washington? The elections come around but the politics never end. When our government is "essentially doing it wrong" it doesn't matter what party you're with. Keep our tax dollars here!...stop sending them overseas in the forms of troops, ships, bombs and then construction crews to rebuild what we just blew up. WE'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS!! The marriage of the Military and the Corporation that Eisenhower warned us against 55 years ago is alive and well. When we recognize that in every corner of this country we have 3rd world conditions that have existed for years yet a blind eye is constantly turned and we are constantly fed the fear "OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS AT STAKE UNLESS WE'RE BOMBING AN UNSEEN ENEMY IN CAVES" and we buy it! Oh...but what is the gas price per-gallon this week?...

    August 31, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  149. arnold

    When the hell has the white house been "focused" on the mosque idiocy? If democrats and Americans in general are stupid enough to return things to republicans already, they deserve what they'll get: a logjam of crap designed solely to stop the government from working and undermine the administration. Unfortunately we will all (98% of us) suffer from the apathy and stupidity of a plurality.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  150. steve mathison

    its crazy to think 50 to 60 seats ,unless you want to think onother 60 to 50 triilon more dollers in national debt,, you guys have to stop with these poles of politics and start talking about the truth and reality in which our president is accomplishing to help our country

    August 31, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  151. Sandra Witecki

    I don't think the Democrats have anything to fear from the Republicans! Lets face it –ALL OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THE ECONOMY IS THE FAULT OF THE REPUBLICANS!!! Even with all of the propaganda that the republicans put on this web site we still know that the republicans voted against EVERYTHING GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY FOR 8 years of the Bush administration. And not only that but they gave American companies tax breaks to OUT SOURCE jobs! That is a major problem with the economy. The other problem is the deregulating of all of our agencies that protect our food and health! Another point I would like to make is the way they rigged our voting machines so our votes didn't count! If the republicans get in office in number again I fear a revolution! Because we will know and we are watching!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  152. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    David & Charles Koch are directly responsible for this huge mess we are in. They've bank-rolled the Tea Party and successfully through their 'leadership' hi-jacked the Republican Party through effective use of their 'indians'. However, once you have done your homework and write your article utililizing your unique attention grabing skills. The Dems problems will go away. Now, get busy.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  153. Mike in Virginia

    Should the Democrats being worried about losing in November? Who cares? Politics has become more about “us versus them” than about leadership. Our politicians need to reflect on why we sent them to Washington… to manage the country, not build a sports team. Politicians on all sides need to stop focusing on who is a neck ahead and get their head in the game… before we vote them all out in the street.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  154. Ted

    It means that the party of NO more spending has more support than the party of Yes keep spending money we do not have. Just the like this hellish health care bill that 70 percent of the people did not want. The dems pushed it thru and now they will suffer in november..It means more people support the party of NO more taxes,then support the party of YES more and higher taxes.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  155. Donna Branch

    I don't trust the polls!!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  156. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack it is amazing what 2 years of leadership can do to a party. 2 years ago this was not even a concept talked about. Now it has democrats shaking in their boots and rightfully so.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  157. David VanCott

    Jack,
    Rather than ask how worried should the dems be, why don't you expose the lies, innuendos and propaganda being spewed by the right wing, that Obama is a Muslim, that he's not a US born citizen that the republicans will stop at nothing to insure he gets no credit for anythiong he does or tries. I do believe the do nothing reublican spewers of propaganda will be exposed before the elections in November.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  158. Sandra Witecki

    This country is done with the propaganda and voting machine fraud that has gone on since the republicans were in control! They won't be getting in power again! It would have only taken 4 more years of them to hand our country over to the enemy. And the republicans are IT!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  159. jeff el salvador

    It is not just the Democrats that need to be worried it is the 'politics as usual' candidates that need to be worried. The people want to be represented, not someone to think for them. Democrat or Republican the debt is a problem... especially when we are depending on our elected officials to lead us out or get us in deeper.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  160. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Let's just say that I hope most of the democrats didn't have an extra thousand business cards printed for use after January 2011.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  161. lobo

    The democrats should be very concern as well as YOUR president, specially now that they are bringing all those poor soldiers back home. I wonder if HE is going to mention tonight what HIS plans are about getting this boys jobs upon arrival, or if HE is going to put them all in welfare. OH wait maybe he will blame Bush for them not finding a job.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  162. Ruby Zimmerman

    Looks like we're following your advice to "throw the bums out!" Too bad it won't make any difference. The cancer of Congress is systemic, and it's inoperable. Politicians are more interested in their own advancement rather than any interest they may have once had in what is best for the country.

    Champaign, IL

    August 31, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  163. John, Langhorne PA

    Democrats and every other citizen should be worried. The Republicans have offered no solutions other than doing nothing. Don't let the tax cuts expire and keep adding to the debt; don't do anything to help small businesses, repeal health care reform and allow insurance companies to continue 30% annual premium increases, repeal recent regulation of banks and financial institutions so that Wall Street can continue to steal from Main Street, keep Big Oil alive and well so that alternative energy sources will be suppressed and the temperatures can continue to rise. It amazes me that after only 1.5 years, Americans are ready to go back to the policies that got us here.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  164. Jim Blevins

    Maybe not as much as some people think. The Tea Party came to the rescue. In many places, reasonable Republican candidates have been replaced by real flakes. One of our Colorado candidates is afraid that bicycles are an attempt by the UN to take over the country. Given the nuts that the Teas Party supports, the Democrats may not do to badly.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    August 31, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  165. Melissa

    Considering the ill education and stupidity of the American public, very. Most of the American public believes anything the Republicans tell them even after they've been backstabbed over and over again by that party.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  166. Tom {Indiana}

    I'm going to vote for the Democrats this coming election . I did not have the polls give me call to see if i'm going show up or how I'm going to vote ? I remember the Republicans and I don't want to repeat. there agenda that lead to the this economic slump.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  167. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    They're not worried, they are too arrogant thinking they are doing a good job! 8 million illegals have jobs but 15+ million legal immigrants citizens don't, that's says a lot about who they care more about.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  168. Kooky in CA

    Let the Party of NO take control and show their mindless followers that they really don't have a clue as to how to fix anything they ruined in the Bush years.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  169. Judy

    Can't the voters remember how and when we got into these messes? It was when the Republicans had all the power. Do we want to go back to 2008? Come on people!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  170. Casey

    With the recent comments the Republican Party made stating who's taking credit for what just shows they are acting more 'Republican' than 'American'.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  171. mustaph koroma

    Jack, my concern is not about the level of concern the democrats have. Instead, i'm worried about the way the American Presidency has been undermined. The behavior of the Republicans towards President Obama have brought a new way that the whole world is viewing the American presidency. After the Obama era, American presidency will neer be the same. Those who hae sought to reduce it, will surely be judged by prosterity.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  172. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    They should be very concerned if their faith has waivered!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  173. Pat Vaughn

    IF the November election gives Congress back to the Republicans', the people will get what they deserve. It wasn't enough for the voters to give us eight years of Bush and these SAME Republicans. Voters act like "fast food junkies" seemingly unwilling to give Obama and the Democrats more than two years to repair the damage.
    Obama can get things done IF voters will rid him of the "Say No" Republicans AND the "Blue Dog Democrats now in Congress. 52 Blue Dogs are partly responsible for this lack of progress that voters wanted from Obama since 2008. Stupid, stupid Americans.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  174. Joe in Laramie, Wyo.

    Dems should be plenty worried, considering most voters have attention spans rivaling those of mosquitoes.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  175. Mike in St. Paul

    If the Democrats lose I hope those who remain will be merciless to the Republicans, who after the past eighteen months seem to think that they bought, copyrighted, trademarked, franchised and syndicated political outrgage, as if the eight years leading up to this, the first four of which were illigitimate, never happened. As long as I do not hear one Republican say that they inherited their problems, I am not going to worry about it.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  176. Sybilene

    I firmly believe the Democratic seats will be lost in the House this November due to "Their Interpretation of Change"... Their Self Serving, Bow Taking, Changes" ...i believe America, and Americans are tired of their one man show... So, perhaps cleaning HOUSE, and voting republican, our economy, our schools, our hungry children, our jobs, our devastated States and properties will matter again? ATL.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  177. Theo

    The question should be how concern should the country be as we are already dealing with a do nothing republican congress so nothing will really get done. Rather than work do do what is in the best of the American people these people will rather do what is in the best interest of their political career. We have been sold out for many years, however, the right seems to only want to bring it up when a dem is i the white house. If a rep was in the house the reps would say everything is fine. The right does do a better job of controlling what is covered in the media.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  178. Dee in New Paris OHIO

    Should the Dems be concerned?

    Who cares. I know that WE THE PEOPLE need to be concerned if the Reps win the House!

    August 31, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  179. Sam Dallas

    As an independent, Whether the Republicans take control of the house or not does not bother me. For me, one sure thing is my vote will not go to the Republicans, never.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  180. Bob Spads

    They will probably lose the House. Then in a few years gain it back again, then lose it again, then gain it, lose it....

    Still, very little will change in Washington until a true lobby reform is enacted. I’m moving to New Zealand.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  181. Jeff in Houston

    Very. Never underestimate the power of uneducated flag-waving mobs carrying Bibles when they approach a voting booth. They know not what they do or why. They just know it feels good to hate something and/or someone they do not understand.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  182. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    No worries. Americans have come too far, & have made so much progress, to want to go back to the bad old days.

    We have almost everything we voted for in 2008. Why would we want to slit our own throats by not voting Democratic?

    August 31, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  183. Naomi Milford, Ohio

    Why should the Dems worry about losing their house?
    Alot of Americans already have.

    August 31, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  184. Name*Nick tyler

    The idea that we would return control to the thieving conniving snakes who rob the country while spouting lies about their concern for individual liberties is unimaginable. It won't happen

    August 31, 2010 at 5:57 pm |